Cyclo, a unique vehicle, a one in a billion of Hanoi, contributes to the ancient of Hanoi and greatly impresses visitors.
Cyclo has been familiar to Hanoi people for such a long time. Regarding culture, cyclo has made Hanoi even more elegant and more attractive. Tourists usually choose cyclo as their transportation to go around Hanoi, especially when new pedestrian-only streets have been opened. Travelling by cyclo, tourists can enjoy the beauty of Hanoi and take pictures or videos of daily activities here, even Hanoi vehicles at the same time.
Cyclo is also used in wedding, which creates a unique style for Vietnamese wedding. Besides, it also used by many locals to make a living. Cycle is especially suitable for long narrow walkways, bringing out the feeling of nostalgia for 36 old quarters in Hanoi.
“Cycle is the best transportation for travelling around Hanoi since it has moderate speed, giving me time to admire and capture the beauty of the surrounding”, said Vovitvadiz on the popular travelling website of TripAdvisor.
Japanese Visy T also considered cyclo to be interesting and stated that she would recommend it to all of her friends. Besides, she believed cycling around Hanoi old quarter is one of the most amazing activity in Vietnam Classic Tours.
Brenda from Australia said she made the right choice when travelling by cyclo during her Hanoi cultural tour. She had the chance to move along narrow and crowed streets and admire ancient-looking houses and street vendors. She would definitely choose cyclo if she comes back to Hanoi.
In the travelling website of Virtual Tourist, many tourists also consider to be interesting when they are fully explored Hanoi old quarter by cyclo. Balhannah said she had a lucky choice when her cyclo driver could able to speak english, he became tour guide for her all day, he told her about people, life, tourists attraction and other interesting things about Hanoi.
Halen also from Australia said that she always took the cyclo when travelling around Hanoi old quarter. It’s made her fell so more relax and more powerful. She had a chance to breathe pure air and took picture about many daily locals life, even had a happy conversation with driver who is very friendly and hospitable.
Cyclo is recommended by many other tourists for the convenience it brings. However, tourists should know that the average amount to pay for one-hour travelling by cyclo ranges from 120.000-140.000VND in case cyclo riders asks for too much money.
Hanoi leaders once suggested removing cyclo from the lists of transportation in town because it worsens traffic jam, however, this failed to implement since encountering a lot of disagreements from both locals and tourists. “Regarding traffic management, the policy is probably right, however it does not support tourism development regarding economy. Cyclo represents the unique characteristic of Hanoi, just like the old electric cars. It would be a regretful act if cyclo is being banned”, said Ass. Prof. Dr. Pham Trung Luong, deputy director of Institute for Tourism Development and Research.
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